Landscaping for Wildlife
When landscaping to attract and benefit wildlife, it is important to consider their basic habitat requirements for food, cover, and water. Below are links to articles and web sites that will help you landscape with these elements in mind.
This certification program administered by the Florida Wildlife Extension provides personalized landscaping tips to Florida residents to help attract and benefit wildlife in their own yards.
Did you ever wonder how your landscaping affects wildlife? Well now YOU can help find out by participating in a citizen-based bird-monitoring program. The Florida Bird Monitoring Program is a website where you can enter your bird survey data and view results from participants across Florida. Through this website, people can track which birds occur in their yards and communities over time. Property owners that are landscaping for wildlife can determine which landscaping strategies and management techniques work best in attracting certain bird species and improve the ecological design and maintenance of their yards.
In Florida, urban areas are a dominant feature in the landscape, and many of these urban areas are situated near natural wildlife preserves. What people do in their own yards and neighborhoods affect local and nearby wildlife populations. Steps can be taken to create and save wildlife habitat in urban areas, minimizing our adverse impact on local wildlife. Plus, creating wildlife habitat provides wildlife viewing opportunities for people in cities.